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9 Interior Design Courses and Degrees You Can Take in Singapore

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The challenges behind interior designing is not easy. While infrastructures cope with the continuous modernization of the world (like skyscrapers among many others), interior designs should also revolutionize. At present day, for example, small spaces are common at residential homes, school buildings, and other business establishments—all adapting to 21st century minimalism. And interior designers must adapt styles and techniques to make the most out of each every square meter available in a certain space. To be part of such industry, is therefore, something to aspire and dream of.

Many schools in Singapore offer interior design courses and degrees that will help you build a career under the discipline. With the country offering high quality education and exceptional employment opportunities, nothing will ever stop you from achieving this dream.

Let’s check out some of them!


Raffles College of Higher Education

Raffles College of Higher Education and Design Institute offers a total of five (5) courses and diplomas in interior design.


1. Diploma in Interior Design

9 Interior Design Courses and Degrees You Can Take in Singapore

This course primarily aims to teach students the fundamentals and technical in Interior Designing. This includes: basic drawing, design principles, materials and construction, and designing principles. The specific courses under this program are tabulated below.

Architectural Drafting

Free-hand Drawing

Computer Graphic Skills

Interior Color Application

Creativity & Concept Development

Interior Design Principles and Theory

Cultural Studies

Presentation Drawing 1


2. Advance Diploma in Interior Design9 Interior Design Courses and Degrees You Can Take in Singapore

Best suited as a continuation for the previous course, this course will tackle more advanced lessons on Interior Designing. This consists of the following: space planning, the human interface on projects (communication or customer-handling), more in-depth lessons on building materials and construction, history of design, and the role of technology (computer-aided drafting or designing).

2D Computer Aided Drawing

Design Studio 3 – Office

3D Computer Aided Drawing/REVIT

Design Studio 4 – Restaurant & Hospitality

Academic Research & Communication Skills

Environmental Lighting

Budget Costing & Documentation

Furniture History and Application

Building Technology & Construction

Interior Materials & Finishes

Computer Rendering & Animation

Portfolio

Construction Studies 1

Presentation Drawing 2

Construction Studies 2

Professional Practice

Design Studio 1 – Residential

Industrial Attachment or

Industry and Community Engagement

Design Studio 2 – Retail



3. Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Interior Design

9 Interior Design Courses and Degrees You Can Take in Singapore

This course primarily emphasizes the evolution of spatial environment. By taking people or residents into account, designers can have a better grasp on how to manipulate the context or environment more efficiently. Students will also be taught Asian culture and architecture or designing techniques unique to Asia. The core and elective courses under this program are tabulated below.

Core

Elective

Design Enquiry

Design Promotion

Interior Design BA Final Major Project

Global Experience in Art and Design

Professional ID Studies 3

How to set up a Freelance Business

Elective



4. Postgraduate Studies — Master of Arts (MA) in Interior Design

9 Interior Design Courses and Degrees You Can Take in Singapore

This MA course is ideally designed for students who graduated from the Bachelor’s degree program. Through this curriculum, students will have a deeper understanding on Interior Designing and improve their skills in a more extensive manner. Students can also choose specific electives or fields of specialization under this program. The core courses for this are the following:

Design Innovation and Collaboration

Interior Design Specialism

Final Major Project


5. Postgraduate Studies — Master of Arts (MA) in Design Management

9 Interior Design Courses and Degrees You Can Take in Singapore

This program leans more on improving the leadership and management skills of its students in working with a team when building interior design projects—communication, collaboration, and creativity. The core courses for this are the following:

Design Innovation and Collaboration

Design Management Specialism

Final Major Project



Lasalle College of the Arts

The Lasalle College of the Arts offers three (3) courses and diplomas in interior design.


6. Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Interior Design

9 Interior Design Courses and Degrees You Can Take in Singapore

The Lasalle College of Arts’ BA in Interior Design program revolves around the key principles of design such as design process, conceptual thinking methodologies, design history, and contemporary theory. The program also provides knowledge on the dynamics between traditional drafting and modern techniques (like technology-aided modelling and visualization techniques). The 3-year curriculum is structured as follows:

Level 1 and Level 2

Level 1 courses equip students with the basic methods of design with a Studio Practice module. Level 2 courses, on the other hand, focuses on training the students to improve their critical and analytical skills

Design Studio Courses

Professional Studies

Cultural and Contextual Studies

Student Exchange Electives

Studio Practice Modules

Level 3

Level 3 courses offer internship opportunities and engagements in the dynamics of real-world applications

Industry and Community Engagement

Option A: Industry-based Internship(s)

Option B: Negotiated Projects

Dissertation

Graduation Project


Lasalle also encourage students to pursue a career path as an interior designer, design consultant, design educator, furniture designer, exhibition designer, or stage designer after completing the program.

Visit their site here if you also want to check a general overview for each of the courses.


7. Postgraduate Studies — Master of Arts (MA) in Interior Design

9 Interior Design Courses and Degrees You Can Take in Singapore

Lasalle’s MA in Interior Design Program gives primary focus on the important role of interior design in the modernization of structures through research, innovation, grounded application, and real-world practice. The program is also interdisciplinary and collaborative which can give students a more holistic grasp on interior designing.

The degree can be completed in 1.5 (with 3 semesters) to 3 years (with 6 semesters) if you decide to pursue it full-time or part-time respectively.

The program’s structure is tabulated below:

Semester 1

Research Methods in Creative Arts

Design Lab 1: Design in Context and Integrated Design Practice

Semester 2

Design Lab 2: Design Synthesis and Hypothesis

Critical Discourse in Design

Semester 3

Final Research


Learn more about what to expect in the courses here.


8. Diploma in Interior Design

9 Interior Design Courses and Degrees You Can Take in Singapore

This program aims to provide more technical interior design knowledge and skills to its students along with a more in-depth understanding on the dynamics between industrial design/architecture and the environment. Pursuing the program can also offer more opportunities to students upon employment and upon entering other local and international architectural paths.

The diploma can be completed in 3 years when pursued full-time and there are a total of five (5) core modules under the program: (1) Studio; (2) Craft, Techniques, and Technologies; (3) Critical Thinking Skills and World of Imagination; (4) Self-Discovery and Awareness; and (5) Personal and Professional Development (PPD).

Read an overview of each module here.


Temasek Polytechnic

Temasek Polytechnic is claimed to be one of the first schools offering established interior architecture and design courses. Students can expect career prospects as architectural assistants, design or event management consultants, exhibition or interior designers, interior product designers, and set designers in the film and theater industry.


9. Diploma in Interior Architecture and Design

9 Interior Design Courses and Degrees You Can Take in Singapore

Temasek Polytechnic’s Diploma in Interior Architecture and Design can be completed in 3 years. The program consists of TP Fundamentals (TPFun) subjects and diploma or core subjects. As you will see, TPFun subjects are not necessarily inclined with interior design but are designed to train students in their soft skills.

TP Fundamentals (TPFun) Subjects

Diploma or Core Subjects

Communication and Information Literacy
Workplace Communication
Persuasive Communication
Current Issues and Critical Thinking
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Leadership: Essential Attributes
Sports and Wellness
Career Readiness
Global Studies
Managing Diversity at Work
Global Citizenship and Community
Development
Expressions of Culture
Guided Learning
Student Internship Program

Form and Space Exploration
Architecture Design Studies
Digital Visualization
Sustainable Design
Architectural Drawing
Integrated Studio Project
Space Planning
Design Fundamentals
Collaborative Design
Material and Finishes
Spatial Design Studies
Interior Design Issues and Trends
Construction and Detailing
Interior and Building Systems
Industry Studio Project
Major Project: IAD


Check an overview of each subject here.



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